King Kong Lives (1986)

Where the 1976 “King Kong” failed to inherit any of the notable qualities of the 1933 original, this film, “King Kong Lives”, does a most excellent job of inheriting qualities of the original King Kong sequel, “The Son of Kong”. Indeed, it too is a needless, uninspired, clunky, dull, cash-grab mess of a film. Linda…

King Kong (1976)

Jeff Bridges is charming as ever in this, but for the most part it’s a bland, uninspired, lazy remake. Transplanting the original film’s story to the 1970s and throwing in some half-baked “modern” issues doesn’t make for a good film, and the tonal issues prevent it from being even just a consistent one. Skull Island…

King Kong Escapes (1967)

A totally bizarre, very energetic, crazy monster story. A Dr. Who with nothing to do with the actual Doctor Who constructs “Mechani-Kong” to do menial mining work. The real King Kong faces off against this Mechani-Kong, while Dr. Who schemes around. It’s insane, but oddly earnest…hard to resist enjoying it. A bunch of goofy fun.…

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

I watched the US cut of this film. Apparently it’s quite a different film than the Japanese version. The US version’s many insertions of newly shot scenes, stock footage, dubbed dialogue, altered music, all add up to quite a different film. The framing device of a news broadcast feels kind of pandering in a way.…

Son of Kong (1933)

This film certainly feels like a rushed, quickly churned-out sequel capitalising on the great success of the original “King Kong” film. It’s very short, retreads so much ground from the original, and just overall feels very cheap and repetitive. That said, there are actually some really interesting elements in the story that I wish were…

King Kong (1933)

“King Kong” is a tale told with such singular vision, such strength of purpose, such primal thrust, that it’s astonishing to read into the production of the film and see just how complicated, conflicting, and scattershot it was. The special effects work is absolute genius, but in terms of the concept, script, and filming, it…